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Where Have I Been?

I’ve been MIA on my blog and if you looked around my house, you would think I’ve been MIA there, too!

INTO THE DEEP went to the editor this week!!!!

Hallelujah!!

Art request form is off to my cover artist! Can I get an ‘amen’?

I felt guilty not being here. But every time I thought, ‘I need to write a post for my blog’ I would feel guilty because I wasn’t working on ‘The Book’. And yes,ย Into The Deep is going down in the Annals of Anita as ‘The Book’. By the time I was in the full swing of edits, my hair fell out.

Really. That happened.

I have fine hair, but a lot of it, thank God, because one sweep of my hand through my mop and I’d end up with twenty of them between my fingers. (Yes, I counted!) On my pillow. Plugging the shower drain. Falling on my keyboard. Drifting onto my dinner plate! It was hug-me-at-church-then-brush-yourself-off falling out. I didn’t freak out (much). I was more annoyed and embarrassed that I was leaving a trail everywhere I went.

By the time I visited my dermatologist, I had a new business all figured out in my head. An on-line store named Here’s Your Hat. If I was going to have no hair, I would have some fun hats to wear. I kept tugging on my eyebrows, trying to decide if I’d have to have them tattooed on, but thankfully they stayed put.

Photo Credit: Diply.com

Photo Credit: Diply.com

After all was said at the dermatologist’s and done at the lab, it came down to this:ย Telogen Effluviumย  This malady wasn’t because Jack and Lucinda were giving me fits as I edited Into The Deep. There was a shock to my system that shut down hair follicles and sent my hair into the rest stage. A few months later, all that hair began to shed. What was the shock to my system? A norovirus. One of those ‘cruise ship’ viruses. Though I was spending time (in my head) on a tropical island with Jack and Lu, I didn’t have the fun of cruising to get there. I never became bald, but my hair is thin. I usually have so much, though, it isn’t noticeable to any one but me. I’m waiting to see how much grows back in. On the upside – it doesn’t take long to dry, now.

I have a new empathy for anyone who has been through a rapid hair loss for whatever reason – be it illness or meds to treat an illness, such as cancer. You folks are my heroes and heroines. And though I won’t be opening a hat shop, here is a place with some pretty soft hats: http://www.softhats.com.

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About anitakgreene

I write romantic adventure for the inspirational market. I enjoy needlework, papercrafting and gardening. I'm at home in the Ocean State with my husband, son and a spoiled Belgian Malinois.

6 responses »

  1. Sick, hair falling-out, yet the creativity continues to flow! Somebody’s Scottish roots are showing (no pun intended!). Glad you finally got-around to seeing a specialist! Hope you’re starting to feel better. Thanks for the ‘hats’ website. Will keep it handy! And welcome back!

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  2. I am glad that book 2 is on the road to being out there. Can hardly wait. You do great work with the Lord’s help I am sure. Hope your hair comes back by the time for cold weather.

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    • Hi Purplemeri65, Yes, lots of prayer went into this book. Oh my, yes. Thicker hair before winter would be wonderful. I have to wear hats all the time because the cold wind makes my head hurt. On my early morning walks I often wear two knit hats, just to get a thickness the wind can’t penetrate. ๐Ÿ™‚ More hair for winter would be a blessing. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  3. Looking forward to your next book. I so enjoyed the last one. I had a hair challenge for a while and found out that it was an allergy to fragrance. Now my hair is fully back. I’m glad that the dermatologist helped you.

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    • Hi Irene, So glad you discovered the cause of your hair loss. I’ve never heard an allergy to fragrance can cause this. Shampoos are loaded with fragrance! In Jack’s story, Into The Deep, Lucinda’s hair smells like strawberries from her shampoo. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for leaving a comment.

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